Should news on child homicides be broadcast? Opinions of parents, teachers, and children

Patti M. Valkenburg, Juliette H.Walma Van Der Molen, Allerd L. Peeters

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Abstract

This survey was designed to investigate the opinions of news consumers about the broadcasting of one of the most devastating news events: parents who kill their own children (filicides). Data were collected in The Netherlands at a time when a sudden increase in filicides occurred. Three groups of news consumers were surveyed: parents (n = 255), teachers (n = 122), and children (n = 255). Results showed that the vast majority of parents (82%) and teachers (89%) agreed that news on filicides should be broadcast in news programs designed for adults. The majority of parents (62%), teachers (62%), and children (74%) also believed that the news on filicides should be broadcast in a news program designed for 10- to 12-year old children. Seventy-one percent of the children reported that they had heard about the filicide cases. Of these children, 63% said they had discussed this news with either their parents, teachers, or friends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-245
Number of pages17
JournalCommunications
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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